this summer with style yet ease
Summer entertaining should be natural and never forced
The "wow" factor we sometimes experience when arriving at a summer gatheringis created by the host who sets the welcoming, relaxed tone for the evening. Of course good food, refreshing spirits and fun company are a must, but the ambiance is set the moment you arrive -- don't you agree?
Summer in the Hamptons can be many things, but the most important feature to me is to relax and relish the simple joys with family and friends. We have incredible light in the Hamptons, beautiful gardens and of course the ocean surrounds us, so there is much to draw upon for inspiration. After a busy week, there is nothing more decadent than relaxing poolside, under a pergola or overlooking a green lawn with cocktail in hand and being served a tasty snack while chatting with interesting and fun people.
This Tiki Bar set up for the kids poolside added a whimsical touch
We've all been to that one elaborate party where the most coveted caterer is serving delicious food and the house is very impressive, yet somehow the event doesn't work. It can feel stilted or perhaps the hosts are trying too hard to impress? Something could be off like the guests are ushered in and out quickly, or the personal touches are simply absent. That is why my most favorite events in summer are without fussy formality, a simple family gathering where the host injects their personal style. It's hard to describe what makes a party successful so let me illustrate to you what I love most about summer parties. I hope this inspires you to organize a summer party.
Of course it doesn't hurt that hosts Craig and Tracey have fabulous taste -- as real estate talents and responsible for some of New York City's top properties and hotels, they have the necessary skills to put together a fun party. Just like most of us, they are incredibly busy juggling lots.
So how do you organize a weekend party without getting overwhelmed you ask?
Ask your guests to contribute a little something so everyone feels a part of the evening. It's always good to focus on one main signature dish as Craig did keeping watch over his delicious, homemade outdoor grilled Paella. We arrived to this smokey delicious smell permeating the air.